Penn State president to discuss film industry's recent trends

From psychological thrillers to animated movies, this year’s Oscar nominees left no genre untapped. While some of this year’s movies were complete flops, others surprised critics with box office blowouts and critical acclaim. Penn State President Graham Spanier will chat with David Edelstein and Kevin Hagopian, two of the industry’s top critics, to discuss current film trends on the next edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

David Edelstein is a film critic for New York magazine and for NPR's "Fresh Air," and an occasional commentator on film for CBS Sunday Morning. He also has written film criticism for the Village Voice, The New York Post, and Rolling Stone, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times' Arts & Leisure section. A member of the National Society of Film Critics, he is the author of the play "Blaming Mom," and the co-author of "Shooting to Kill." He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. He will join President Spanier via satellite uplink from New York City.

Kevin Hagopian is a senior lecturer at Penn State. He specializes in film history and theory, American film, African-American film and American studies. He received his doctorate in communications in 2006. His writing on film has appeared in academic journals and daily newspapers, and online.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and -FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 14th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.


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Last Updated March 21, 2011